web analytics
August 28, 2014 / 2 Elul, 5774
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat (L) visits the JewishPress.com booth at The Event. And the Winners of the JewishPress.com Raffle Are…

Congratulations to all the winners of the JewishPress.com raffle at The Event



Home » InDepth » Monitor »

If The ADL Disappeared Tomorrow, Would Anyone Even Notice?


Media-Monitor-logo

Carl Pearlston is a Californian who has been involved with the Anti-Defamation League for 25 years, has served on its Regional Board and Executive Committee and was particularly active in the organization’s Speaker’s Bureau. Now he’s out, and he tells us why in a revealing piece carried exclusively by JewishWorldReview.com.”I had always known that my conservative Republican political views were barely tolerated by my overwhelmingly liberal colleagues,” he writes. Although the ADL ostensibly is non-partisan, ‘our meetings frequently felt uncomfortably like those of a Democratic Party club in which it was assumed that all shared a common liberal or ‘progressive’ political worldview and none could, or wanted to, hear a differing viewpoint.

“Our positions were usually those of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party on issues like abortion, school choice, teacher pay, bilingual education, affirmative action, the homosexual agenda, gun control.”

Referring to the ADL’s notorious 1994 ‘study’ on the political influence of Christian conservatives, Pearlston say he ‘was distressed, as were many politically conservative Jews who do not share the ADL view that politically-active conservative Christians are our enemy. As (Jewish) syndicated columnist and JewishWorldReview contributor Mona Charen wrote, ‘The ADL has committed defamation. There is no other conclusion to be reached after reading its new report, The Religious Right: the Assault on Tolerance and Pluralism in America.?’

Complaints about the relentless politicization of ADL activities were met with a shrug, Pearlston charges: ‘When I once confessed to our national director, Abe Foxman, my feelings of just spinning my wheels, he candidly told me that I would have to realize that over 95 percent of those involved in the ADL were liberal and would be unsympathetic to my conservative views.’Despite its self-image as a champion of constitutional freedoms, the ADL, writes Pearlston, is in fact highly selective in determining whose freedoms deserve protection: ‘All too frequently, however, free speech and the expression of religious belief have been the targets of [ADL ] condemnations, such as religious references by political candidates, Christian prayers at the presidential inauguration, religious symbolism in comics, expressions of religious belief by sports figures, and even expressions of the politically incorrect.’

The ADL, Pearlston reminds us, was ‘an early and naive advocate of the now-defunct Oslo peace process, to the ultimate detriment of actual peace….All of our ‘insider’ briefings on the Mideast downplayed the risk to Israel posed by an armed Palestinian Authority or Palestinian state, and held out rosy and unrealistic prognostications of peace.’

So hopelessly compromised was the ADL by its infatuation with the peace process that the organization, writes Pearlston, actually ‘complimented the Palestinian Authority on its new school textbooks without even having read them, completely overlooking the virulent anti-Semitism contained therein.

‘When I questioned [Abe Foxman] about this, I became the target of attack and public humiliation for bringing up the matter. Nor did I endear myself by dwelling on our national director’s central role on behalf of the ADL in devising and wangling a pardon for criminal fugitive tax-evader Marc Rich.’

Reflecting on the rebuke he received from the ADL when he expressed positions not in accord with ADL policy – even though he did so, he says, ‘in various letters and articles in which I was not identified as an ADL Board member’ – Pearlston writes that he ‘had not realized that, as the price for Board membership, I had given up my freedom of speech on issues on which the ADL had taken a position.’

All in all, Pearlston finds it rather ‘odd that an organization which boastfully espouses and teaches ‘tolerance’ and ‘diversity’ will not tolerate a bit of dissent and diverse viewpoint in its own lay leadership.’

Jason Maoz can be reached at jmaoz@jewishpress.com

About the Author: Jason Maoz is the Senior Editor of The Jewish Press.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “If The ADL Disappeared Tomorrow, Would Anyone Even Notice?”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Baby wearing a Hamas head band attends a Hamas "victory" rally in central Gaza City, on August 27, 2014, following the latest cease-fire.
Vast Majority of Gazan Arabs Support Terror Against Israel
Latest Indepth Stories
Eisenstock-082914

But the world is forever challenging our Jewish principle and our practices.

MK Moshe-Feiglin

If this is how we play the game, we will lose. By that I mean we will lose everything.

Reportedly, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates have formed a bloc that seeks to counter Islamist influence in the Middle East.

One wonders how the IDF could be expected to so quickly determine the facts.

While there is no formula that will work for everyone, there are some strategies that if followed carefully and consistently can help our children – and us – gain the most from the upcoming school year.

We risk our lives to help those who do what they can to kill to our people .

Twain grasped amazingly well the pulse of the Jewish people.

The entertainment industry appears divided about the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

Israelis in Gaza border communities need to get out; who will help them?

The contrast between the mentality of Israel and the mentality of Hamas was never so loudly expressed as when the Arab killers became heroes and the Jewish killers became prisoners.

There is a threat today representing a new category of missionary:They call themselves “Hayovel.”

Just as we would never grant legitimacy to ISIS, we should not grant legitimacy to Hamas.

Is Woodstock still leading the world to destruction?

Wye would be seen to have set the groundwork for the creation of a Palestinian state

More Articles from Jason Maoz
Charles Krauthammer

Wye would be seen to have set the groundwork for the creation of a Palestinian state

Presidential-Seal-062014

These are not necessarily the best all-around biographies or studies of the individual presidents listed (though some rank right up there), but the strongest in terms of exploring presidential attitudes and policies toward Israel.

The Clintonan “engagement” liberals remember with such fondness did nothing but embolden Arafat and Hamas and Hizbullah as they witnessed Israel’s only real ally elevate process ahead of policy.

What really makes one wonder about the affinity felt by certain Jews for Grant was the welcome mat he put out for some of the country’s most pernicious anti-Semites.

With 2013 marking half a century since Kennedy’s fateful limousine ride in Dallas, the current revels are exceeding the revisionist frenzies of years past, with a seemingly endless parade of books, articles and television specials designed to assure us that, despite everything that has come to light about him since his death, JFK was a great president, or at least a very good president who would have been great had his life not been so cruelly cut short.

As someone who for the past fifteen years has been writing a column that largely focuses on the news media, I’ve read what is no doubt an altogether unhealthy number of books on the subject. Most of them were instantly forgettable while some created a brief buzz but failed to pass the test of time. And then there were those select few that merited a permanent spot on the bookshelf.

George W. Bush has been getting some positive media coverage lately, with recent polls showing him at least as popular as his successor, Barack Obama, and a big new book about the Bush presidency by New York Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker (Days of Fire, Doubleday) portraying Bush as a much more hands-on chief executive than his detractors ever imagined.

Readers who’ve stuck with the Monitor over the years will forgive this rerun of sorts, but as we approach the fortieth anniversary of the Yom Kippur War – and with the stench of presidential indecisiveness hanging so heavily over Washington these days – it seemed only appropriate to revisit Richard Nixon’s role in enabling Israel to recover from the staggering setbacks it suffered in the first week of fighting.

    Latest Poll

    Do you think the FAA ban on US flights to Israel is political?






    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/media-monitor/media-monitor-121/2001/07/04/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: